Paccar to offer nat-gas Cummins X15N in Kenworth, Peterbilt trucks

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Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022

Paccar to offer Cummins X15N nat-gas engine

Paccar announced Monday it will work with Cummins to offer the new Cummins X15N natural gas engine in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.

The X15N is the first natural gas engine to be specifically designed for heavy-duty truck applications with up to 500 horsepower output. The engine will include the integration of the Cummins Clean Fuel Technologies fuel delivery system.

“Paccar can help customers achieve their business goals by offering sustainable, affordable power solutions that use proven engine technology and existing infrastructure,” said John Rich, Paccar chief technology officer.

Paccar, Cummins and several customers including FedEx Freight (CCJ Top 250, No. 1) and Knight-Swift (No. 4) will demonstrate the ability to achieve lower carbon emissions for long-haul transport using internal combustion engine technology.  

“The X15N is essential to our commitment to help customers reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and to improve NOx,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, vice president and president, Cummins Engine Business. â€śImportantly for the customer, the X15N will reduce the cost of adopting low emissions technologies for their fleet, and gives them the confidence to do so, built on the strong foundation of more than 30 years of experience with natural gas.”

When operating on renewable natural gas, also known as RNG or biomethane, the X15N engine will be able to achieve major reductions in the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks. This can range from a 90% reduction to carbon neutral, or even carbon negative, depending on the bio-source and waste feedstock used to produce the fuel.  

The new X15N is capable of lower NOx levels than the 2024 EPA and CARB standards. It also features 1,850 ft-lbs. of peak torque output, which will provide optimum performance when paired with Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies HD and XD Transmission.

Two Navistar recalls affect more than 8,500 trucks

Two Navistar recalls announced recently impact more than 8,500 International trucks, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.

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The largest of the two affects approximately 8,483 model year 2018-2021 International LoneStar and 2016-2021 International LT vehicles. The cables that connect the batteries to the vehicle frame may become excessively hot, and in some cases, cause battery post separation.

The recall states that excessively hot battery ground cables can cause personal injury during battery maintenance repairs, and a battery post that separates from the battery can result in an engine stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the alternator positive and ground cables, and relocate the alternator ground to the starter, free of charge. Owners can contact Navistar's customer service at 1-800-448-7825 with recall number 22516. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-546.

Navistar’s second recall was prompted by an issue with the engine control module. In approximately 283 model year 2023 International LT, International Lonestar, International MV, International HV, International HX, and IC Bus TC Commercial buses, the ECM may experience an internal electrical short-circuit, causing the engine to stall.

The remedy is currently under development. Owners can contact Navistar customer service at 1-800-448-7825. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-609.

Widespread steering gear recall hits terminal tractors

Terminal tractor manufacturers Kalmar Ottawa and Orange EV each issued recalls recently for units with Sheppard steering gears installed.

Kalmar’s recall affects approximately 110 model year 2021-2022 Ottawa T2 terminal tractors in which the steering gears may have been assembled incorrectly.

Dealers will inspect and replace the steering gears, as necessary, free of charge. Owners can contact Kalmar customer service at 1-785-229-6327. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-566.

Orange EV’s recall affects approximately three model year 2021-2022 T-Series Pure Electric Terminal Truck and e-Triever vehicles.

Orange EV will inspect and replace the steering gears, as necessary, free of charge. Owners can contact Orange's customer service at 1-785-214-1072 with recall number 22E047. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-592.

Volvo recalls small number of trucks over ECM issue

Volvo Trucks North America is recalling approximately 12 model year 2023 Volvo VN trucks in which the engine control module may experience an internal electrical short-circuit, causing the engine to stall.

The remedy is currently under development. Owners can contact Volvo Trucks' customer service at 1-800-528-6586 with recall number RVXX2203. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-605.